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28 March 2018

Cambridge Mathematics Symposium 2018

On Wednesday, 21 March 2018, the Cambridge Mathematics Symposium 2018 took place at the British Academy in London, bringing together over 50 key members of the international mathematics education community. The event marked three years since Cambridge Mathematics and its manifesto - to champion and secure a world-class mathematics education for all 3 – 19 year old students - were launched in 2015 by Director Lynne McClure.

The roundtable event brought together delegates from organisations and top universities around the world to discuss and debate important issues and innovations affecting mathematics education both in the UK and abroad. Elizabeth Cater, Marketing Director for CLS at Cambridge University Press, welcomed delegates to the event and Lynne McClure gave an update on the project’s progress as it reaches the half-way mark and also about the future direction of the work. Attendees also debated important topics in maths education, stimulated by focused, thought-provoking keynotes from leading specialists.  

Cambridge Mathematics is a collaborative enterprise between four departments of the University of Cambridge: Cambridge AssessmentCambridge University Press and the faculties of Mathematics and Education. The four partners are united by a shared mission to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest levels of excellence.

Peter Phillips, Chief Executive at the Press, said: “I started off as a mathematician myself which has made me a really passionate supporter of maths education. The discussions today have illustrated that even if the pace of digital transformation in the classroom may be slower than many predicted, the scale of long term change may be even greater. The shared mission of the four parts of the University of Cambridge who established this project and their unique breadth of experience – from curriculum design and learning materials to teacher support and mathematical insight – is giving the Cambridge Mathematics team the means to turn the insights from their work into practical impact for teachers and students around the world.”

The Cambridge Mathematics Framework is being designed as a common frame of reference for learning mathematics. Its purpose is to inform the work of the professional communities designing and enacting mathematics curricula. Three key themes linked to the development of the Framework were addressed at the Symposium: Curriculum, Digital and Assessment.

Elizabeth Cater reflected on the event: “The Cambridge Mathematics manifesto is ambitious and we have seen some exciting progress to date. We certainly want to respond to the challenges raised in the session: to improve the way resources and assessments reinforce the emphasis on connections in mathematics; to ensure our approaches reflect digital developments; to think creatively about pooling our skills across Cambridge to make the best use of formative assessment in mathematics. The Cambridge Mathematics framework will be an important part of that tool kit and our desire now is to make sure we can turn this research and framework into something which can make a practical difference in mathematics classrooms across the world.” 

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